Ben Franklin for Diversity Celebrations

Benjamin Franklin, the son of an immigrant, is the ideal speaker for your next Diversity Day celebration, Black History Month commemoration, Martin Luther King Day event, or indeed, any gathering where valuing the diverse fabric of our country is celebrated. Because Ben was known for his fair dealings with Native Americans, he was often chosen to be a representative in Indian affairs.

Ben's contributions to all the religious denominations of Philadelphia and his unusually fair dealings with people of all faiths or no faith made him an example of tolerance and understanding.

Although a slave owner as a young man, his objectivity and basic sense of fairness led him to become an important early Abolitionist leader, whose eloquence helped bring others to the cause.  This lesser-known chapter in Ben's life is an important one in the history of America's struggle for civil rights for all its citizens.

Ben was far in advance of his time in calling for equal educational opportunities for women. And when he created the first library in the colonies, he insisted that women be permitted equal access to its collection.